PRE-Registration mock exam & revision courses 2018

Prepare yourself for practice, not just the assessment!

91% of our members who attended one of our events in 2017 passed the assessment!

Our vital, and must attend, revision courses and mock exams are back for 2018 and coming to a location convenient for you. Our events are only available to Associate members and will undoubtedly give you the edge ahead of the assessment and going into practice. Our team that currate and deliver the courses have over 100 years of experience and practice, including extensive work with undergraduate students and pre-reg trainees. They cover a range of career stages, paths and industries. Joining one of our courses is a chance to learn from some of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the industry. You can see more info on all of the team below.

We are continuously looking to improve your experience and have listened to your feedback. The course has undergone a rigorous and robust review, and been redeveloped to ensure your learning needs and exam preparations are fully supported. We understand the changes to the assessment and the latest edition of the BNF may worry some of you, so we’ve fully taken this into account when redesigning the course.

You’ll also sit a mock exam; two papers designed in a format similar to that of the new style assessment, under test conditions. Afterwards, you’ll be given in-depth feedback along with the results, so you know which areas to focus your revision on.

The team will also be able to offer you guidance in other important areas, like revision and exam techniques and dealing with stress. We’ll also be providing attendees with exclusive access to podcasts to further support your revision in the lead up to the assessment.

New for 2018

Our two-day revision course will now feature a mini-mock. The mini-mock will allow you to get into exam practice mode while providing extra time to network with your peers and our team. 

For the first time ever, you will be able to take your mini-mock paper home with you for further revision. 

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Delegate testimonial

Michelle Clothier, Relief Pharmacist, Boots

"They really set me up for revision and gave me a clear focus for each part of the GPhC framework. I also really loved and really really appreciated the workbook provided on the day as it was full of important information.

I would recommend the days to all pre-registration trainees because of the support they give. It's not about passing the mock exam (although it is a confidence booster if you do!) its about learning as much as you can from the RPS team, connecting with your fellow pre-regs and building the foundation for your revision."

Pre-reg mock exam and revision course

Attending our course will give you...

 An understanding of the new GPhC registration assessment

 An appreciation of your strengths and weaknesses

 Techniques for effective revision and how to approach the exams

 Further support leading up to the assessment, with access to an additional revision podcast

 An opportunity to network with other pre-registration pharmacists

 Focussed learning on key themes and preparation techniques for the new exam

 A plan of where to focus your revision efforts

 Clarity on what you can expect on the day of your assessment

 Practice answering multiple choice questions under timed conditions

Please note:

  • Once your booking has been confirmed refunds will not available for cancellations
  • Bookings can not be transferred to another pre-registration course date
  • Accommodation is not included in the price

Dates and locations


Our expert team

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Abbas Alidina

Education & Training Lead Pharmacist, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

Biography Biography

Abbas is the Education and Training Lead Pharmacist at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. After graduating from King’s College London in 2008, Abbas completed his pre-registration training at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, before moving to Croydon University Hospital, where he has been the pre-registration manager for over 5 years.

As well as extensive experience teaching pre-registration pharmacists, he is also responsible for the supervision and training of a large number of Pharmacy Undergraduate students. His other responsibilities include being a Teacher Practitioner at Brighton University and teaching on the Post-Graduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice. He is also on the UKCPA Education and Training Committee, delivering a number of Master Classes and conference work sessions.

Abbas recently completed his Independent Prescribing qualification with a special interest in hypertension, diabetes and renal disease.

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Nadia Bukhari

Senior Teaching Fellow & Pre-Registration Co-ordinator, UCL

Biography Biography

Nadia is the chairwoman and organiser for the RPS pre-reg courses. She designed the course when it first started in 2012.

Nadia graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of London and started her professional career as a community pharmacist as a pharmacy manager at Westbury Chemist in London. Nadia then moved on to work for Bart’s and the London NHS Trust, London as a clinical pharmacist in surgery. It was at this time she began to have an interest in teaching, as part of her role involved the responsibility of being a teacher practitioner for the School of Pharmacy, University of London.

Nadia is a mentor for emerging young leaders taking active interest in their development and building their skills. Her leadership skills as the Chair for the RPS Pre-reg Conferences have been outstanding. Nadia had many visions in order to make these courses a success. Due to her excellent leadership skills, these are now shared visions within the team.

In 2015, Nadia was awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for her excellence and contributions towards the profession. She is the youngest female and youngest Asian to be awarded this accolade. In 2017, Nadia was elected on the English Pharmacy Board, making her the first Muslim female to be elected onto the national board.

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Krupa Depala

Teaching Practitioner, Day Lewis Pharmacy & UCL School of Pharmacy

Biography Biography

Krupa graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2011, completing the MPharm with Honors. She carried out her pre-registration training with Green Light Pharmacy and worked at Green Light Pharmacy as an Education and Training pharmacist until September 2017. She has a fine balance between community pharmacy and teaching. She is now working as a teaching practitioner for Day Lewis Pharmacy and UCL School of Pharmacy. Since 2013 Krupa has been teaching undergraduate students and pre-registration pharmacists.  Krupa has a great passion for teaching. She believes her main role is to support students in becoming future pharmacists and enjoys being able to support them in their learning process. She is also involved in the development of the pre-registration training day programmes and is continuously looking for ways to be involved at the forefront of the profession.

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Hayley Gorton

Research Associate & Teacher, Univeristy of Manchester

Biography Biography

Hayley is a Research Associate, with teaching responsibilities, at the Univeristy of Manchester and a Community Pharmacist. Hayley has a PhD in pharmacoepidemiology and has a particular interest in mental health research. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for her commitment to teaching in higher education. She has extensive experience teaching on pharmacy practice elements of the undergraduate MPharm degree, and strives to reflect authentic examples from her community pharmacy practice into this teaching.  Hayley continues to work in community pharmacy practice alongside academia and particularly enjoys applying her clinical knowledge for patient benefit in out-of-hours pharmacy. Hayley is also chair of RPS Greater Manchester. In this role, she is passionate about developing and supporting the profession. This is also the reason why she has joined the RPS pre-registration training team this year, to support you through the assessment and beyond. 

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Ryan Hamilton

Specialist Pharmacist, Antimicrobials & Acute Medicine, Leicester NHS Trust

Biography Biography

Ryan is a specialist pharmacist in antimicrobials and acute medicine at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Ryan studied pharmacy at Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU) where he returned, after completing his preregistration training at King’s College Hospital, London, to undertake a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences. His research investigated the interaction of antimicrobial agents with clay minerals and the development of candidate materials, containing these novel clay-drug complexes, for the treatment of infected wounds. During his time as a PhD candidate, Ryan taught on a number of key components of the pharmacy degree, eventually being awarded associate fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Throughout his career Ryan has supported pharmacy students and preregistration pharmacists. As President of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association, he developed guidance for students and trainees, and worked closely with the GPhC to ensure trainees were represented. Ryan now acts as an ambassador for the BPSA and sits on the RPS’s Faculty & Education Board where he represents trainees and foundation years pharmacists.

Ryan is also an active member of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association for which he regularly adjudicates abstracts for the Association’s symposia, and previously sat on the General Committee.

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Simon Harris

Education & Training Lead and Pre-Reg Training Manager, Green Light Pharmacy

Biography Biography

Simon graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2002. After spending his pre-registration year working in the hospital sector, he switched to community pharmacy after qualifying and has remained a community pharmacist ever since. After a year of practice Simon moved to Melbourne, Australia where he successfully completed a further 4 weeks pre-registration training before practicing as a community pharmacist for 3 months in and around Melbourne.

In 2010, after spending 6 months volunteering in Zambia delivering nutrition workshops to communities in remote villages, Simon was offered a position with Green Light Pharmacy managing their flagship Euston branch, where he remained for 4 years before committing to a full time Education and Training role in October 2014.

Simon is now the Education and Training Lead and Pre-Reg Training Manager for Green Light Pharmacy, where he runs the highly regarded, and RPS accredited, Green Light Pre-Registration Study Day Programme. As part of this, Simon develops and runs training at monthly study days to pre-regs across England (more info at www.greenlightpharmacy.com). Simon has several years’ experience supporting pre-reg pharmacists and preparing them for the GPhC exam, in the form of one to one tutoring, study days and calculations master classes.

Alongside his role at Green Light, Simon is an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL School of Pharmacy, as well as an Events Tutor in London with CPPE. Simon has also recently begun a post-graduate certificate in education, which he is due to complete in 2019.

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Sonia Kauser

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Manchester

Biography Biography

Sonia Kauser is currently a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Manchester, a GP practice pharmacist and a trainee advanced clinical practitioner at Prescribing Support Services.

She began her career as a pre-registration pharmacy student at ‘Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’ and then continued her role as a hospital pharmacist. She undertook training in various specialist rotations, including: paediatrics, oncology, psychiatry, general medicine, surgery, anticoagulation, cardiovascular and respiratory. She was able to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Clinical Hospital Pharmacy’ at the University of Bradford.

Sonia then transferred her skills to primary care in which she began the role of a Clinical GP Pharmacist (based in Yorkshire). This role enabled her to pursue ‘Level 7 Independent Prescribing’ and her area of specialism was initially ‘anticoagulation’. This role has now developed and she undertakes various tasks including clinical medication reviews. She has recently attained a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Advanced Practice – Clinical Practitioner’ which will allow her to enhance her skills in minor ailments management within a primary care or urgent care setting.

Sonia has also worked in the following areas: urgent care, out of hours (walk in centre), GSK (training of pharmaceutical reps), community pharmacy, acute ward pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and guest lecturer role at the University of Bradford.

Sonia enjoys keeping active, reading and shopping in her spare time. Her most recent publication was in the ‘Prescriber Journal’ June 2017 and describes the use of clinical information systems to improve practice within primary care. 

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Babir Malik

Weldricks Teacher Practitioner, University of Bradford

Biography Biography

Babir is currently Weldricks Teacher Practitioner, at the University of Bradford, Pre-registration Lead for Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley RPS Local Practice Forum, Charity Ambassador for Pharmacist Support, as well as being Green Light Campus Northern Pre-reg Lead and the Law & Ethics Lead for the RPS Pre-registration conferences.

He began his pharmacy journey in 2003, at the University of Bradford, after completing a Biomedical Sciences degree. In 2007, he undertook his pre-registration training with Weldricks Pharmacy, whereby he then embarked on a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Pharmacy at Keele University in 2009. Babir has also completely his RPS Faculty journey and is at Stage 1.

As a Teacher Practitioner, his role includes being the Respiratory Lead for the Clinical Pharmacy Community Diploma. Furthermore, Babir undertook a 10 week secondment as a Clinical Commissioning Group Pharmacist early in 2016.

He has been a Pre-registration Tutor as well as sitting on the Rotherham Local Pharmaceutical Committee alongside being a Dementia Friend Champion, whereby he has generated over 300 dementia friends.

Babir currently practices in Weldricks Pharmacy, Scunthorpe. In June 2016, his pharmacy was awarded the Chemist and Druggist Medicines Optimisation Award for their innovative LPS Intervention Service.

He is quite active on social media and supports pre-registration pharmacists via groups on Twitter and Telegram. He has also written two light-hearted books about pharmacy. Babir is currently undertaking an MSc at the University of Bradford.

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Oksana Pyzik

Senior Teaching Fellow & Global Engagement Coordinator, UCL

Biography Biography

In addition to her role in education, Oksana is also a Global Health Advisor and Board Trustee of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association. Oksana first started her career as a pharmacist in the primary care setting delivering public health interventions to marginalised patient groups in underserved communities across London. It was this early experience in practice that motivated her to conduct public health research at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) before moving into the academic sector full time in 2013. She went on to earn her Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Professional Education at the Institute of Education in 2015 and is now a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Oksana is extensively involved with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Preregistration Conferences in both the development of teaching material as well as delivering training sessions. She also remains active in community pharmacy setting serving as the “Preregistration and Academic Lead” for the Central London Local Practice Forum (LPF) where she acts as a link between Community Pharmacy and Academia in this role. 

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Sadia Qayyum

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Manchester

Biography Biography

Sadia has had extensive experience in retail, hospital and general practice in management and consultancy positions. She currently holds roles as lecturer in pharmacy practice at the University of Manchester, as an independent prescriber specialising in asthma for a number of general practices as well as a relief branch manager for Well. She is also the Northern lead for the Practice Pharmacists Group working with the Primary Care Pharmacists Association, as well being a Committee Member for the Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) in Rochdale.

From working in different disciplines of pharmacy along with other responsibilities held, she has experience of evaluating evidence and making objective decisions as well as good communication, intellectual and analytical skills. She displays commitment to equality, diversity and fair treatment by advising on and setting up policies and guidance in her various roles.  

Speaking at career events to undergraduate pharmacy students, doctors and other professionals demonstrates Sadia’s ability to learn, reflect and develop professionally. Often she is in a position to inspire the pharmacists of the future. Sadia has experience of coaching, mentoring and teaching a variety of healthcare professionals from a diverse backgrounds and professions including pre-registration pharmacists, GP registrars, medical students, as well as other professionals through many of the roles held during her career.

Sadia continues to work to highlight the unique and invaluable role pharmacists have in healthcare. Irrespective of pharmacists sector of work, she wishes to champion the notion that all pharmacists should aspire to lead the profession into the future.

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Paul Rutter

Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Central Lancashire

Biography Biography

Paul qualified as a pharmacist in 1992 and started work as a community pharmacist. He became a Boots teacher practitioner working at both Bradford and Portsmouth Universities before taking up a research pharmacist post gaining a PhD centering on skill mix in community pharmacy. He then took a full-time post as senior lecturer at Portsmouth University where his main duties were teaching various aspects of practice but in particular diagnosis and therapeutics. This culminated in the publication of the popular textbook, ‘Community Pharmacy, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment which is now in its fourth UK edition (Feb, 2017). His book has also been adapted for the Australian and New Zealand market and been translated into a number of foreign languages. He is currently the Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). His main areas of interest centre on patient self-care and safety, and the development of competence and professionalism for pharmacists. 

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Aamer Safdar

Principal Pharmacist Lead for Education & Development, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS

Biography Biography

Aamer is an experienced hospital pharmacist with over 21 years as a registered pharmacist.  He is the Principal Pharmacist Lead for Education and Development at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and is an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL School of and a clinical lecturer at Kings College London.

Aamer is the lead for education, training and development in his hospital and has over 17 years of experience in managing the pre-registration programme with a 99% pass rate for the GPhC registration assessment in that time; this is with well over 250 trainees.  He set up the first ever fully integrated pre-registration programme in primary care over a decade ago and has pre-registration programmes with the pharmaceutical industry as well as in paediatrics.  Aamer has seen literally thousands of pre-registration trainees in his career so far.  He has written the book on hospital pre-registration training.

Aamer holds various postgraduate qualifications including a PGCE, MSc and an MA.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the RPS Faculty and a Fellow of the RPS.  Aamer has been involved with United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association on the Education & Training and General committees since 2008.

Aamer is a member of the RPS English Pharmacy Board which is involved with the strategic development of the pharmacy profession. Aamer's main area of interest is in developing a future pharmacy workforce which is flexible, adaptable and sustainable for future healthcare needs.  Student and pre-registration trainees are a key part of this future for the profession of pharmacy.

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Atif Shamim

Lead Pharmacist, Community Pharmacy & Primary Care, HEE

Biography Biography

Atif is the Lead Pharmacist for Community Pharmacy and Primary Care across London and the South East at Health Education England (HEE), and a Fellow of the RPS. His role involves supporting community pharmacy and primary care workforce planning and development and helping to establish multi-professional collaborative working across primary care, with a particular focus on establishing innovative projects across the region. One of these projects is the award-winning CEPN Pharmacy Project, which facilitates placements of community pharmacy trainees in GP surgeries, and GP trainees in community pharmacies. Atif has worked in multiple sectors within pharmacy. He was previously a University lecturer, community pharmacist and hospital specialist pharmacist for pre-registration education and training.

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Pratik Thakkar

Medical Advisor (Immuno-oncology), Bristol-Myers Squibb

Biography Biography

Pratik Thakkar graduated from UCL School of Pharmacy and completed his pre-registration year at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

After qualifying, he continued to work at Great Ormond Street as a Parenteral Nutrition and Quality Assurance Pharmacist. Following this, Pratik took an opportunity to work at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in London in the Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines department to gain further knowledge in pharmacovigilance (PV) and Regulatory Affairs.

He has also worked at Mylan Inc. in Product Safety and Risk Management. He was a PV pharmacist in the Global Pharmacovigilance function as well as in Medical Affairs. He worked on various projects to monitor the safety of the company's products on the market, as well as working on signing off material in line with the ABPI Code of Practice.

Pratik now works at Bristol-Myers Squibb - He has held various posts here within Medical Governance and Compliance and Medical Affairs. He has experience in rheumatology, immunology and now oncology as a Medical Advisor. He has attained ABPI and IPHA final signatory status for the UK and Irish business. He is involved in the strategy, development and execution of the medical plan for the development of immunotherapy in oncology and future pipeline molecules. 

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Hadar Zaman

Chief Pharmacist, Alternative Futures Group

Biography Biography

Hadar is a Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist and an Independent Prescriber and currently is the Chief Pharmacist for Alternative Futures Group. He works for the CQC as a Specialist Advisor for the Mental Health Inspectorate demonstrating his expertise in the area of mental health.

Alongside his clinical practice Hadar is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Bradford and previously has taught at University of Keele and Huddersfield Schools of Pharmacy. Hadar currently leads and delivers teaching across all stages of the MPharm course and Post-Graduate Pharmacy courses. Hadar achieved his fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015 in recognition of his teaching practice.

Hadar is involved with a number of professional bodies that span both teaching and clinical practice. He is an active member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's West Yorkshire Local Practice Forum and is the lead for Public Health for the NHS England Local Pharmacy Network . Hadar holds committee positions for national (NICE) and international (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, EACCI) organisations involved with developing national/international prescribing guidelines and has published national medication management guidelines for the children palliative care sector. Recognition of Hadar’s professional development culminated in his acceptance as a Faculty Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (Advance Level II) in January 2016. Hadar is the founder and chair of the annual Pharmacy Futures conference held at the University of Bradford which provides a platform for national stakeholders to discuss and debate issues relating to pharmacy.

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